PALMER – The Palmer City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday night to not allow any vehicle weighing more than 26,001 pounds to pass on city streets.
The council voted after hearing from resident Jim Bradley, who opposed the measure. He asked the council to approve variances so residents with commercial vehicles could obtain permits that would allow them to park their tractor-trailers in residential areas.
Council member Jeff Vick said variances would allow any person that owned a commercial vehicle to apply for one “and then we could have 40 tractor-trailers going through town after we just passed this measure.”
“A variance defeats the purpose of an ordinance because the ordinance is designed to keep heavy trucks off of the road,” Vick said.
The council also voted to accept bids to begin demolition on the old Palmer fire station. Although the station still houses trucks, the city feels the building is a hazard and has budgeted money for its demolition.
Kenny Caldwell appeared on behalf of Emergency Services District No. 9, asking the council to appoint a member to begin negotiations with East Texas Medical Center EMS to locate an ambulance at the Hughey Barron Fire Station.
“If we are able to reach an agreement with East Texas, it would allow us to house an ambulance here in Palmer 20 to 22 hours compared to the few hours a day that we currently have,” Caldwell said. “When we have an ambulance stationed full time in Palmer it will cut response time down 10 to 12 minutes.”
The council approved Mayor Lance Anglin to begin negotiation with the company, with hopes of reaching an agreement in the near future.